Best DC Cover for November 2011

While there may be some disagreement on this pick, for my money Szymon Kudranski’s cover for Penguin: Pain and Prejudice #2 is the clear winner.The comic looks incredible to boot.

As far as cover art is concerned DC has kicked Marvel’s butt this month, in fact Marvel had a few covers that nearly prompted me to do a post called Worst Marvel Cover for November.

Let’s Review the Amazing Spider-Man Movie Trailer

So here’s the new Spider-man trailer, you’ve probably already seen it, in fact we may have already posted it, but I thought it might me fun to watch it again. I have a few thoughts to share.

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#1. What is this whole new storyline with Peter Parker’s parents?

It seems to me that this has never really been dealt with, and in this trailer there appears to be some foreshadowing around their importance. Is it just me or does it feel ominous the way they say goodbye as if they aren’t expecting to come back? I’m intrigued.

#2. What’s in his Dad’s old bag?

Once again this seems to be eluding to a whole Spider-man storyline outside of the mainstream.

#3. Who is the Villain?

Is there a villain? I haven’t really been keeping up with this film, so maybe I missed the boat. I don’t see anything in the trailer to think that there’s a villain, yet I kind of doubt we’ll ever see a superhero flick with out a super-villain. Is it the guy in the lab coat?

#4. Why is there webbing coming out of the spider bite?

I would understand the webbing a little better if he was going to make webs naturally, but in this film we’re going back to Spider-man’s roots, he’ll be making his own mechanical web shooters. I don’t get this part.

#5. How did Peter Parker become such a talented tailor?

Stitching a Spider-man costume from scratch would be quite difficult, I know I couldn’t do it, yet  Peter has no problem hand stitching an amazing costume every time. Crazy

#6. We all Have Secrets, the ones we keep, and the ones that are kept from us

The last line in the trailer. This obviously has something to do the parents having to leave at the onset. What does it all mean? I guess we will find out soon.

While I’m kind of excited to see this film, at the same time, I’m not sure I care. I really would rather see them remake Dare Devil, the first one sucked.

5 Creative Uses for 90s Comic Books

In the 90s every comic was a collector’s edition and had an alternate foil cover. The artists were like rock stars, and companies like Marvel and DC flooded the market and forced comic stores to keep all the back issues. Now days a foil cover isn’t worth the foil used to create it, and displaying this sort of comic proudly in your collection is sort of  like asking to be ridiculed. Comics that were once valued at $500, and still are if you choose to believe the comic book price guides, now won’t sell for sofa-change (money you find between the cushions of your sofa.) So what can be done with our vast collections of worthless comic books? I have a few ideas.

Comic Book Origami

Who doesn’t love origami, and what better way can thousands of crappy comic book pages be used? Origami takes patience, talent, and artistic ability, which is more than can be said for the majority of the comics which flooded the market throughout the 90s. Let’s start with every book that decided to copy Jim Lee’s art style, encompassing almost every single X-spin-off.  Check out this very clever comic book origami at Etsy.

Retro Comic Book Collage

A good collage is really a tribute to the craft of comic creation, plus with the price of a McFarland Spider-man issue at around twenty-two cents, purchased in bulk of course, you can easily afford to slice up those bad boys and re-form them into something more aesthetically pleasing. There’s nothing like carving up a comic book.

Sell them to an Unsuspecting Sucker

P.T. Barnum once said that there is a sucker born every minute. You better hope he knew what he was talking about, otherwise you literally have hundreds of boxed, boarded, and bagged comics on your hands which cost you thousands of dollars, and you’re not going to see a dime of that money back my friend. Be on the lookout for some unsuspecting rube that just got into comics then pray he has a little brain and a full wallet.

Colorful Campfire Logs

Roll the comics into tight logs, bind them with twine and take them camping. The frail pages will create a hot luxurious fire lasting for possibly minutes.

Cut the Letters out for a ransom note

Every page has an array of letters to choose from. If you pick up a book written by someone like Rob Liefeld for example, you will have long boring paragraphs of dialogue to choose from.  The police will be pleasantly surprised to find your ransom note filled with dramatic and exciting font styles. And due to the ridiculous amount of comics having flooded the market in the 90s it would be virtually impossible for the CSI crime team to come anywhere near tracking down with  those lettered pages.

In conclusion, I hope you find a place for these books that once upon a time felt like an investment . Gone is the dream of selling a killer collection of 90s comics for millions of dollars, but that’s okay, you will always have your Beanie Baby collection to retire on, am I right, or am I right? High five.

The Avengers Theatrical Trailer

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This will be a treat!

Eric Powell Episode Drawing Pictures

The first episode in a series of instructional how to draw videos from 5 time Eisner award winning comic book artist Eric Powell! Here Eric will be teaching you to draw crap with insightful worldly commentary.

Episode 01: This episode Eric will be teaching you to paint Judge Dredd while his some of his closest friends and comedians Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant discuss his career.

Latest and The Amazing Greatest Spider Man Pic

Here is a awesome Picture without the suit on. So far i must say this spiderman looks great. Click HERE for the Main site with Trailer.

Selina Kyle First Look

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This is just a peak but I have to say its a nice one. She may have taken Batmans ride

Jim Lee sketching Green Lantern


Jim Lee sketching Green Lantern at the Athenaeum
Jim Lee was the reason I began loving Comics

The Dark Knight Rises - Official Teaser Trailer

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Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy

How To Draw Manga: Sketching Manga-Style Volume 3: Unforgettable Characteristics

If you want to draw manga like a pro, get this book! Sketching as an art form concerned with the quality and volume of information requires three skills: skill in communication, skill in composition, and skill in visual portrayal. The artist taps into these three skills while carrying out a clear plan. Manga sketching, which goes one step further, involves the skill of making the fantastic seem plausible. It also involves skills in determining the quality of the information to be conveyed and how much of it to convey. These last two skills form the focus of this book.

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